Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments
Treasury, SSA, VA, RRB and OPM (Agencies) are adopting as final an interim rule to amend their regulation governing the garnishment of certain Federal benefit payments that are directly deposited to accounts at financial institutions. The rule establishes procedures that financial institutions must follow when they receive a garnishment order against an account holder who receives certain types of Federal benefit payments by direct deposit. The rule requires financial institutions that receive such a garnishment order to determine the sum of such Federal benefit payments deposited to the account during a two month period, and to ensure that the account holder has access to an amount equal to that sum or to the current balance of the account, whichever is lower.
Revised Listings for Growth Disorders and Weight Loss in Children
Several body systems in our Listing of Impairments (listings) contain listings for children based on impairment of linear growth or weight loss. We propose to replace those listings with new listings, add a listing to the genitourinary body system for children, and provide new introductory text for each listing explaining how to apply the new criteria. The proposed revisions to our listings reflect our program experience, advances in medical knowledge, comments we received from medical experts and the public at an outreach policy conference, and comments we received in response to a notice of intent to issue regulations and request for comments (request for comments) and an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM). We are also proposing conforming changes in our regulations for title XVI of the Social Security Act (Act).
Rules on Determining Hearing Appearances
This final rule is another step in our continual efforts to handle workloads more effectively and efficiently. We are publishing final rules for portions of the rules we proposed in October 2007 that relate to persons, other than the claimant or any other party to the hearing, appearing by telephone. We are also clarifying that the administrative law judge (ALJ) will allow the claimant or any other party to a hearing to appear by telephone under certain circumstances when the claimant or other party requests to make his or her appearance in that manner. We expect that these final rules will make the hearings process more efficient and help us continue to reduce the hearings backlog. In addition, we made some minor editorial changes to our regulations that do not have any effect on the rights of claimants or any other parties.
Medical Criteria for Evaluating Cystic Fibrosis
On Friday, May 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., EDT, we will conduct an informational briefing on our proposed changes to Listings 3.04 and 103.04 of the Listing of Impairments, as described in our recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The teleconference is open to the public and will be strictly informational. We will not be accepting additional public comments.
Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Visual Disorders
The Social Security Administration published a document in the Federal Register of March 28, 2013, in FR Doc. 2013-06975, on page 18842, in the second column, under c., in the equation in the last sentence, replace ``-16[radic]'' with ``[verbar]-16[verbar]''.